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Perhaps the stress of her non-wedding debacle got to Tameka Foster.

Citing a deluge of emails from readers in the Atlanta area - home to the baby-faced R&B god and music mogul we know as Usher - Perez Hilton reports that his 37-year-old, pregnant fiancee has been hospitalized since yesterday.

Tameka Foster and Usher

The speculation? Tameka Foster is in pre-term labor.

Local radio stations in Atlanta are reporting that Usher's future bride, who he almost married Saturday, has been at the hospital since mid-day Sunday.

Usher, 28, and Foster were supposed to wed Saturday, until it was abruptly called off - apparently for many reasons, some frivolous and others … slightly less frivolous.

Our celebrity news readers, by and large, are not fans of Tameka Foster. But this news, if substantiated, would be very sad. What do you think. Are you buying it?

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A few more of you have written in regarding the identity of Lauren Conrad's newest accessory (boy), as our staff tries to determine if he is, in fact, former Duke University basketball standout and current Portland Trail Blazers forward Josh McRoberts.

It's looking more like it could be the case... but it's still a mystery.

See the picture of Josh McRoberts below (left), sent to The Hollywood Gossip exclusively below by a reader. Compare it to the recent photo (right) of Lauren Conrad from last week. The Hills star is holding hands with a mystery man - who many of you believe is McRoberts. There's definitely a resemblance... but we still can't say for sure.

Can any of you provide further proof? Does anyone out there know how (and if) he and Lauren Conrad are together? What's he doing in L.A.? Any info you can provide us is much appreciated! Leave a comment on this post or use our Contact Us form.

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Who, you ask, is that masked woman behind the wheel? That's the one and only Britney Spears, of course, rocking her new look: Taliban chic!

Spears was spotted driving around L.A. Sunday night. No one has ever spoken her name in America's Best Mom discussions, but hey, she keeps a memento of Sean Preston and Jayden James handy - see that cute lil' shoe hanging from the rear view mirror? Awww.

Cold Day in September

Also, check out that sneaky photographer lurking in the background. He clearly takes his job - snapping celebrity photos for us to analyze - seriously! Good man!


Back from her short-lived Vegas debacle - in which bodyguard Julio "JC" Camera got into a melee with a photographer, Britney returned to the L.A. scene Saturday, hitting up Winston's.

Spears showed up with a female companion (who wasn't Alli Sims, that's for damn sure) and flashed the cameras - with a peace sign, not a nipple slip - on the way out.

Where was Britney Spears‘ mom on Saturday as this was going on? Throwin' it down in the VIP at PURE nightclub at Caesars in Las Vegas, of course!

Yeah. Lynne Spears, according to Vegas Confidential, went to Sin City to try to patch things up. Lynne even took Brit's little sis, Jamie Lynn Spears, with her.

But, with Britney cutting her trip short, Lynne stayed around and headed over to PURE with "a few friends, taking a spot on the VIP main stage."

Rumors that Jamie Lynn Spears, 16, is pregnant continue to surface. Rumors that Lynne Spears is giving Dina Lohan a run for her money are coming true before our eyes.

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The brutal custody war between NFL stud Matt Leinart and his ex-girlfriend / baby mama Brynn Cameron finally came to end late last week.

But closure didn't come cheap for Leinart, the Heisman Trophy winner, Arizona Cardinals starting quarterback and, apparently, aspiring actor.

TMZ reports this morning learned that Leinart will shell out the big bucks to his ex-girlfriend and his son's mom - about $15,000 per month in child support.

That's half of what Brynn Cameron, 21, a USC student and basketball player, claimed she needs to care for the couple's nine-month-old son, Cole Cameron Leinart.

But the legal battles aren't over yet for Matt Leinart. The quarterback will be back in court on August 13 to fight for the right to spend more time with his son.

The two have been engaged in a war of words, after Cameron claimed that the signal-caller "comes and goes whenever he wants" and is too into "Hollywood stuff." Leinart responded that he is a good father and sought legal help to spend additional time with Cole.

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We've been hinting at this for months, and have been trying to take the high road, given the star's tender age. But who are we kidding. Hayden Panettiere is hot enough to stop a clock... such as the one on our home page counting down the days until she turns 18.

Just 21 more days, people. 21. More. Days.

The kick-ass cheerleader from NBC's sci-fi drama Heroes is the hot cover star of FHM's UK October issue. Yes, at the young age of 17, the sexiest girl on one of the world's biggest shows has entered many a nerd fantasy among fans across the world...

White Hot Hayden

Hayden Panettiere is officially legal next month. Phew.

As much as she plays the part of the "bad girl" at times and is aware of her own hotness, don't expect her to go all Lindsay Lohan on us as her star power rises.

No, when reading interviews, it's apparent that Hayden Panettiere is remarkably grounded and mature for her age, making her all the more appealing to celebrity news outlets such as this. Did we mention she's gorgeous?

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Matthew McConaughey hates wearing shirts, but evidently he's not afraid of heights. We're telling you, the man has some serious vertical leap.

No, really, this guy can get high - and we're not talking about the way Nicole Richie does here. We're talking about elevation unseen by mere mortals.

The resident Hollywood hunk and part-time actor struck a classic Air Jordan pose during a game of Frisbee in Malibu this weekend. Look at those ups!

No word on whether Camila Alves was accompanying him in these gravity-defying feats. But here's a look at how he matches up with His Airness himself ...

While he may not rank up there with Jordan in terms of raw athletic talent, we'd rather get "dunked on" by Matthew McConaughey any day, if you know what we mean.

P.S. We have no idea what we mean.

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In her new movie, that is.

Yes, actress Brittany Snow, who's been in mostly wholesome roles up until now, has been a bad, bad girl in filming her latest movie.

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In the upcoming drama Black Water Transit, Brittany breaks out in the complex, racy role of a troubled prostitute.

"Basically, I have sex with everybody in the movie," Brittany Snow says in the new edition of Vegas Magazine, which comes out August 1.

"I wear nothing the entire time."

Gulp. This is quite the revelation for those of us accustomed to seeing a cute Brittany Snow in Hairspray (with hottie Zac Efron), John Tucker Must Die (with train wreck Jesse Metcalfe), TV's American Dreams or the legendary soap opera Guiding Light.

But people grow up, and you know what, everyone has to play a troubled prostitute sometime. Heck, Britney Spears practically is one in real life.

But that's a topic for another time. For more revelations about the 21-year-old actress, check out excerpts from the interview with Brittany Snow below:

On dealing with the critical world of Hollywood
I'm a messed-up actress. I should be strong and have this thick skin, but I'm a really sensitive girl.

On hitting the Sin City scene on her 21st birthday
We were up for probably three days straight â€" without any drugs â€" but lots of alcohol and lots of coffee.

On being taken seriously for her craft, not her lifestyle:
I'm really excited to show people that I am an actual actress, not just wanting to be like other celebrities and go to this party and that party.

It's a noble sentiment. Here's hoping we see more of this new Brittany in the coming years and less of the crazy Ms. Spears ... or Brittany Murphy.

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If we had our way, we would devote 100 percent of our time to speculating over who Lauren Conrad is dating or to harmlessly mocking train wreck celebrities like Lindsay Lohan.

But occasionally, as we saw with WWE star Chris Benoit, tragedy strikes the world of celebrity news, hammering us with sad stories we never saw coming.

The latest such shock? Cheryl Kosewicz, a contestant on the canceled CBS reality show Pirate Master, was found dead in her home on Friday, KOLO-TV in Reno, Nevada, is reporting.

Officials told the station the death of Cheryl Kosewicz is believed to be a suicide, but is still under investigation.

Just two months earlier, Cheryl Kosewicz's boyfriend also took his own life

Her death was confirmed by fellow Pirate Master contestant Nessa Nemir, who posted on the show's Facebook page:

"All of the pirates and Cheryl Kosewicz's friends and family are shocked and devastated. It is a tragic loss that we all feel very deeply."

Another contestant, Joycelyn "Joy" McElveen, wrote on her MySpace page:

"I lay in my bed tossing and turning waiting on someone to wake me up from this horrible nightmare. What nightmare you may ask? The nightmare that I thought I would never have to deal with the news that my best friend is dead. I immediately scream out in pain and sorrow."

Kosewicz was the fourth person eliminated on Pirate Master, which was canceled last week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck took time out from waving the U.S. flag and talking about staying the course in Iraq to give a ringing endorsement of her new co-host on The View.

"I loved working with Whoopi Goldberg," said the pregnant Hasselbeck at Super Saturday in Watermill, N.Y., during a fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

"She is soulful, has a world of experience to bring to the table, and I don't sense any sort of political agenda. She's so funny, but at the same time, she is one of the most thoughtful people that I've met."

Last week, The Hollywood Gossip learned that Sherri Shepherd and Whoopi Goldberg would soon be announced as Elisabeth's co-hosts on The View.

Hasselbeck's comments seem to be in direct contrast to her feelings about Rosie O'Donnell, with whom she famously clashed on political issues.

O'Donnell abruptly left the show in May.

Meanwhile, with her latest baby bump clearly visible, Elisabeth Hasselbeck herself will likely take maternity leave from the show in a matter of months.

"The pregnancy is going well," Elisabeth Hasselbeck said.

"Today, with the heat, I'm sweating. But this is the first time I've actually felt pregnant. I feel really great. I pay less attention to the pregnancy the second time around, because I have a daughter, I'm busy with another child."

Asked if Barbara Walters is also a fan of Goldberg, Hasslebeck said, "You'd have to ask Barbara. But I'm sure she is. Who isn't into Whoopi Goldberg? She's an amazing person."

You know who's really into Whoopi? Paris Hilton. Think about it.

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Yesterday, we brought you photos of Lauren Conrad and her new mystery man and asked for help in identifying this tall, handsome devil. A couple of you think you have done it.

Rumor has it that Lauren's newest "accessory" is Josh McRoberts, a former Duke basketball standout chosen by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 37th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft.

So far, photo evidence that Josh McRoberts is the fellow seen with LC is inconclusive. See the pictures below, of him playing Georgia Tech... and playing the field with our girl in L.A...

My, sports and celebrity gossip continue to intertwine. Although we're happy to be writing about a possible young romance for a change, and not the war or words / baby mama drama surrounding Matt Leinart and ex-girlfriend Brynn Cameron.

Or the disgrace to humanity that is Michael Vick.

Anyway. College basketball fans may recall that despite his stature and natural talent, the 6'10" McRoberts was often thought of as a soft player at Duke... Lauren Conrad robably hopes he isn't a soft player when it comes to her. If you know what we mean!

Fans, The Hollywood Gossip needs your help. How do you know for sure that this is Josh McRoberts? We're obviously curious. Leave a comment with the info you've got - and help our eager celebrity news reporters be the first to get The Hills scoop!